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Revell 1/24 1978 Trans Am
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:47 AM UTC
I have been following this and a few other builds to get inspiration and build tips before tackling the few car kits I own. I never had a muscle car (mom and dad did) but I did have a VW bus that got totaled while in my brother's care. I bought it for $900 in 1987, but that isn't going to happen now looking at how that market has risen since then. Stuck now in average cars like Kias and Nissans.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words, guys. Good ol' Humbrol enamels.

Hehe, "dust bunnies". I like that.

Hopefully they're a thing of the past, once the spray booth is fully operational
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 01:35 AM UTC
Russell,
We all have those issues with dust Bunnies, and in my case damn Cat hairs as well. But a little wet rub, and you've created one excellent paint job and finish. The shine is already quite deep in your pics.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM UTC
Great finish on the colour coats Russ, love it! This is coming together nicely.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
So this happened






The paint went on really well, but static and dust were my enemy. Only after a sand with wet dry sand paper to remove all the stowaway dust and a respray was I happy with the finish...

Decal time next, then clear coats

Thanks for looking
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 01:21 AM UTC

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Thank you Joel

If only I could build models at the same standard



Russell,
don't we all

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 12:27 AM UTC
Wow, that is one awesome spray booth Russell.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 09:34 PM UTC
Thank you Joel

If only I could build models at the same standard
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC
Russell,
I don't have to tell you just how lucky you are. You just might have the best spray booth in the hobby.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC

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Russell, you will have to let me know how that ends up working. I am planning to do the same when I build my permanent setup in the basement, my Amazon wishlist has the 110V version of the same blower motor in it. LOL



Hi David

we (my Dad and I) had it running over the weekend even though it's not completely finished yet-still need to vent it outside. Importantly, the fan unit is a sealed unit, which means that it will not explode if you're using solvent based paints-always a good thing to avoid

It's also able to be wired with a variable speed dial so that the suction can be adjusted.

So far it seems to be quite capable of doing the job nicely


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Russell,
OMG !! your paint booth is beyond anything I've ever seen. Should suck out anything and everything you air brush without any problems.
Joel



Hi Joel! Thanks mate. That's the plan.

My dad spent 50plus years working as a sheet metal worker in the air conditioning industry, and one of the last things he did just before retiring in July (at 75yo) was to make all the fittings for it. He also built the booth (about 4 years ago and it's taken us this long to get around to finishing it.

It's a real Rolls Royce of a system and could have been done with flexi duct I guess, but I think he feels that it's his way of doing something for his son

It will definitely beat spraying near an open door on an AC sheet perched on a couple of trestles.
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 01:53 AM UTC
Russell,
OMG !! your paint booth is beyond anything I've ever seen. Should suck out anything and everything you air brush without any problems.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 12:28 AM UTC
Russell, you will have to let me know how that ends up working. I am planning to do the same when I build my permanent setup in the basement, my Amazon wishlist has the 110V version of the same blower motor in it. LOL
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 09:44 PM UTC

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The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house



Tell me about it 😳 HK Monaro in my case 😡



I feel your pain, D. XB GS Fairmont coupe.


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Sure seems like a pattern here. I use to con my father into co-signing a bank loan every 2 or 3 years for my next sports or sports type car. I worked for him after school (stay at home college student), so all I ever got was an allowance. Dad paid the monthly loan payment, and the insurance was bundled with the family cars. Only once on my own did I realize just how easy I had it. It was 8 years for the next new car from when I got married, and believe me it wasn't anything special by any means.

Joel



Ah yes, the great equalizer: marriage and kids

Primer on, ready for top coat




And finally after years of planning, procrastination, diversions and laziness, I'm finally closing in on getting the extractor unit for my spray booth completed. Just got to get it out of the roof now


Thanks for looking
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 02:01 AM UTC
Sure seems like a pattern here. I use to con my father into co-signing a bank loan every 2 or 3 years for my next sports or sports type car. I worked for him after school (stay at home college student), so all I ever got was an allowance. Dad paid the monthly loan payment, and the insurance was bundled with the family cars. Only once on my own did I realize just how easy I had it. It was 8 years for the next new car from when I got married, and believe me it wasn't anything special by any means.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 06:21 PM UTC

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The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house



Tell me about it 😳 HK Monaro in my case 😡
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 09:43 AM UTC

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Wow, this brings back some great memories! I was a high school senior in 1978-'79, man I loved this car. (as did many other people. ) Next to the original "Bandit" edition this blue one was my fav. I still remember early senior year when a friend pulled into the school parking lot in a brand new '78. White, with a silver red and black phoenix on the hood. All of our jaws just dropped! I was one of the first couple a guys to go for a ride in it. Good times! Looking good Russell, keep it up!

Cheers, Mike



Thanks for dropping by Mike! Good to have you on board!

The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 03:02 PM UTC
Wow, this brings back some great memories! I was a high school senior in 1978-'79, man I loved this car. (as did many other people. ) Next to the original "Bandit" edition this blue one was my fav. I still remember early senior year when a friend pulled into the school parking lot in a brand new '78. White, with a silver red and black phoenix on the hood. All of our jaws just dropped! I was one of the first couple a guys to go for a ride in it. Good times! Looking good Russell, keep it up!

Cheers, Mike
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 09:36 AM UTC

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Russell,
Your masking really looks like the prep work will pay off in Spades. Can't wait to see the body shell in it's color coat.

Joel



Me too Joel... it's been a long while coming!


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as an owner of a couple real 2nd Gen T/A I'm going to enjoy watching this build! Great work so far...



Thanks Jeff. BTW if you need someone to take one off your hands and take care of it for you let me know early 2nd gen T/A's are my one of may favorite muscle cars!
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC
as an owner of a couple real 2nd Gen T/A I'm going to enjoy watching this build! Great work so far...
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC
Russell,
Your masking really looks like the prep work will pay off in Spades. Can't wait to see the body shell in it's color coat.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:17 PM UTC

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I tried a product similar to AK's camouflage elastic putty. Used it to cover decals, when applying a winter wash. It did the job fine, but, when removed, tore of part of the decals, even though they where sealed with satin varnish.



Ouch! That's got to have hurt, Jesper!

Meanwhile, ready for paint
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC

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I've found the trick is to keep it in the fridge next to my CA glues. The colder temps seem to extend the shelf life of both


I will certainly give that a try. Thanks.

I tried a product similar to AK's camouflage elastic putty. Used it to cover decals, when applying a winter wash. It did the job fine, but, when removed, tore of part of the decals, even though they where sealed with satin varnish.
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 08:06 PM UTC

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Thanks D
Haven't heard of re-usable masking putty per-se. But I've tried blu-tack once or twice but was never really convinced on it's re-usability as the overspray embedded into the blu-tack and then seemed to work its way back onto the model at the next use



Hi Russ.

Give THIS a try from SMS. If you haven't seen their gear, it's a husband and wife team from Ballarat making some great products for scale modelling. I use their paints a lot.

Cheers, D



Who knew? Good to see locals getting in on the game!


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Russell,
For $15 it better be re-useable, and stick like glue. Usually Blu-tac hardly sticks well enough for me to use it with confidence. That's how I ended up using Silly Pully, which I've used the same two eggs worth for years now. Talk about being super cheap.

Joel



Super and cheap are two words that fit the bill perfectly for me Joel

Well folks it looks like I'll be checking out this re-useable putty thing a bit more closely. Seems to be the way to go especially for aircraft camo...


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Making good progress Russell. That's a lot of Maskol:)
I like Maskol, easy to apply and easy to remove. Shelf life not so long though. One day you have Maskol, the next a rubber ball, in a glass jar.
I tried a liquid mask, from microsol, didn't like that one very much. A pain to remove that stuff.



Thanks Jesper Maskol is great isn't it? Until like you say it turns into a rubber ball

I've found the trick is to keep it in the fridge next to my CA glues. The colder temps seem to extend the shelf life of both

I'll definitely be giving the putty a try on the next a/c build though as I've always found Maskol a clumsy way of masking the camo patterns...

Looks like next time I need to restock the masking tape, I'll be going down the road of Tamiya tape as their prices continue to come down, whilst Scotch's blue tape has now gone up, making the Tamiya tape cheaper!
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 05:29 PM UTC
Making good progress Russell. That's a lot of Maskol:)
I like Maskol, easy to apply and easy to remove. Shelf life not so long though. One day you have Maskol, the next a rubber ball, in a glass jar.
I tried a liquid mask, from microsol, didn't like that one very much. A pain to remove that stuff.
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:50 AM UTC
Russell,
For $15 it better be re-useable, and stick like glue. Usually Blu-tac hardly sticks well enough for me to use it with confidence. That's how I ended up using Silly Pully, which I've used the same two eggs worth for years now. Talk about being super cheap.

Joel